Shibuya Ramen – The 16 Best Ramen Shops in Shibuya
From the plain classic to the unconventional with a twist – we introduce you to the best ramen shops in Shibuya, right here.
The strolls through the busy streets around Shibuya Crossing can be very energy-consuming, and quickly leave you with a rumbling stomach. That means it’s time for a bowl of ramen, one of the heartiest of Japanese dishes. The noodle soup is guaranteed to get you back on your feet, so you can continue to discover every enticing-looking side alley.
Shibuya ramen come in many different styles and flavors. Here’s a quick catch-up on the four basic types.
- Shio (塩 ラーメン): The broth is based on salt as seasoning.
- Shoyu (醤油 ラーメン): Instead of salt, the broth is based on soy sauce as seasoning.
- Miso (味噌 ラーメン): The broth’s flavor is based on miso, a paste of fermented soybeans and barley or rice.
- Tonkotsu (豚骨 ラーメン): The broth is white and thick, coming from extensively boiling pork bones until all the fat and marrow is emulsified.
The Japanese Kanji in brackets can help you order the right thing on the vending machines when there’s no English menu.
ラーメン – you might have guessed – simply means “ramen”.
And then there’s tsukemen (つけ麺), which is nothing more than a different way of serving the same ingredients. It’s called tsukemen when the noodles and the soup are served separately, so you can dip one hunk of noodles into the broth at a time. After being quickly rinsed in cold water, these noodles often come cold to keep them from getting overcooked.
On a side note, there is a ramen rating website called RamenDB, which lists hundreds of ramen shops all over Japan. It’s in Japanese only, but Google Translate will help out.
Kugatsudo is a vivid, modern ramen shop that has the charm of a small cafe. You’ll find it up north close to Yoyogi Park.
On the menu, there is one shio-based ramen, one with shoyu, and a special broth from a mix of chicken, pork and fish. All are beautifully presented on the plates, making it a feast for the eyes.
Toppings include bamboo shoots, two different kinds of onions and an unusually large piece of braised pork. For a fresh twist, all of this is seasoned with finely graped yuzu peel (Asian citrus fruit). White rice can be ordered for free.
As if that wouldn’t be enough already, there’s a fantastic dessert selection to top off the meal. The sesame ice cream is highly recommended!
Hours: 11:30 - 22:00, 12:00 - 21:00 Sat-Sun, closed Mondays Address: 2F, 1 Chome-1-15-12 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0041 Distance from Shibuya Station: 850m (~ 10 minutes) Website: Kugatsudo
The cozy and welcoming Sakurazaka is a small spot on a side road south of Shibuya Station. The noodles are rather thick, fitting the rich taste of the pork-seafood based soup well. Perfectly cooked eggs and braised, tender pork make up the toppings.
Be warned that the portion sizes are generous and the broth is rather heavy, but anyone with a good appetite will completely revel in it.
Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 Address: 17-10 Sakuragaokachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0031 Distance from Shibuya Station: 250m (~ 3 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Everything about Kiraku has the look of a time long before ramen became as popular as it is today; no wonder – this Chinese ramen spot has been around for more than 60 years. Some might cynically call it a traditional ramen place because neither the service nor the atmosphere is particularly good, but the taste of the ramen is all the more.
A regular shoyu-ramen bowl is called chukamen here, which simply means “Chinese noodles” and indicates the dish’s origin. Especially recommended is the option with delicious wontons (Chinese dumplings) inside the soup along with the noodles.
Hours: 11:30 - 20:30 Address: 2 Chome-17-6 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043 Distance from Shibuya Station: 600m (~ 7 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Its plain and simple approach has brought Hayashi to a top spot on Tokyo’s ramen radar, being lauded again and again by ramen enthusiasts. There are only three set options: basic, extra egg and extra egg plus meat.
It’s lunch only, and the queues are long, but wait some 20 minutes to be seated and you’ll get your bowl of ramen; you’ll immediately know it’s been worth it.
They say at an excellent ramen shop no word is spoken and no music is played, so the silence can contribute to the chefs’ concentration. Well attuned Hayashi is no exception to this.
Hours: 11:30 - 15:30 Address: 1 Chome−14−9 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043 Distance from Shibuya Station: 400m (~ 5 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Niboshi Ramen Nagi Shibuya
A recent trend in Tokyo’s ramen scene has been to add dried anchovy to the broth and toppings, and this is exactly what Nagi has been specializing in. The local chain is becoming bigger, but has managed to keep its high quality throughout all their Tokyo branches.
Frankly, if you don’t like anchovy, you don’t have to come here in the first place. There’s even a sign at the entrance that says so. But if you do like them, this is the place to go.
Hours: 11:00 - 1:00, 11:00 - 3:00 Fri-Sat Address: 3 Chome-7-2 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0002 Distance from Shibuya Station: 350m (~ 4 minutes) Website: Ramen Nagi
Dogenzaka Mammoth (道玄坂マンモス)
Tsukemen style is standard here. The thick noodles are spot-on and added to the flavor of the mouthwatering broth create a thoroughly hearty experience. There are usually short queues to get a seat, as the shop has only 10 seats.
Hours: 11:30 - 16:00 & 17:30 - 23:00 Address: 2 Chome-10-1 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043 Distance from Shibuya Station: 600m (~ 7 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
The signature ramen bowl at Asuka has sliced tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) on top, and it stays surprisingly crispy. The spicy soup is seasoned with sesame – a taste you’ll not find at many ramen shops. The restaurant is tiny, meaning a short wait at peak times.
Hours: 11:00 - 21:30, closed Sundays Address: 2-11 Sakuragaokachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0031 Distance from Shibuya Station: 140m (~ 2 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
The shio-ramen is based on a mix of chicken, pork and seafood, which are combined to a rich flavor. Another highlight at Furaikyo is the red, spicy miso broth. Both are topped off with perfectly cooked eggs and bamboo shoots.
Cheap and delicious, and popular with the locals – what more could you wish for?
Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 Address: 1 Chome-29-2 Shōtō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0046 Distance from Shibuya Station: 750m (~ 9 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Admittedly, the Warito ramen shop is quite a walk from Shibuya Station, but if you’re a true ramen lover in search of something special, you pull yourself together and take the detour.
The shop has a clean, modern look and is specializing in tsukemen. You can’t order anything else, but you can choose whether you want the noodles served hot or cold, and extra portions are free of charge.
The rich broth is based both on fish and pork and tastes absolutely luscious. Should your soup get cold at some point, trust on Warito to have a trick up its sleeve. They’ll put an egg-shaped hot stone into your bowl to quickly reheat the soup.
Hours: 11:00 - 15:30 & 18:00 - 22:00 Address: 3 Chome-7-10 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 153-0042 Distance from Shibuya Station: 1.6km (~ 19 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Located a three-minute walk south-west from Shibuya Station, Owada provides a friendly atmosphere and is welcoming to everyone. Thick slices of roasted pork and bamboo shoots accompany the delicious broth that’s rather on the salty side. Pick your preferred amount of oil and the hardness of the noodles, and you’re good to go.
Hours: 11:00 - 1:00, 11:00 - 5:00 Fri-Sat, 11:00 - 22:00 Sundays Address: 1 Chome-1-7-6 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043 Distance from Shibuya Station: 280m (~ 3 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
The restaurant’s interior is clean, modern and stylish with a wooden counter and white chairs. A popular option on the menu is the clear, light soup with dumplings as a special topping. They’re a succulent specialty that has to be tried if you’re at Kokuu.
Hours: 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 20:00, closed Sundays Address: 29-5 Sakuragaokachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0031 Distance from Shibuya Station: 450m (~ 6 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Menya Musashi Bukotsu Gaiden
Its name stems from a legendary samurai called Musashi, which had no training but became a master swordsman anyway – a parallel to the untrained chef that opened his first ramen shop in 1996.Because the owner feels too many ramen shops care only about the taste of their food and forget about their clients, he puts an extra priority on an excellent customer service.
Because the owner feels too many ramen shops in Tokyo care only about the taste of their food and forget about their clients, he puts extra priority on an excellent customer service.
Every branch offers a different specialty, and for the Shibuya store, it’s a thick-broth tsukemen . The separate noodles, pork slices and the half-boiled egg are covered in a tasteful starch-based sauce (ankake).
Hours: 11:30 - 22:30 Address: 2 Chome-8-5 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043 Distance from Shibuya Station: 400m (~ 5 minutes) Website: Menya Musashi
Tsukemen Chiccho (つけめん ちっちょ)
A hidden gem off Shibuya with tsukemen on the menu. The broth is based on pork and fish, and the lemon that’s added is a fresh finishing touch. The excellent noodles are homemade every day.
Hours: 11:30 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 21:00 Address: B1F, 4-10 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042 Distance from Shibuya Station: 800m (~ 10 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Located just north of Shibuya Station near the Tokyu Hands store, the small and simple Menya Nukaji was opened up by a ramen enthusiast and his wife. They add seafood to the tonkotsu-style broth for a special flavor, which can be ordered both as ramen and tsukemen .
The atmosphere is very relaxed, and usually, reggae is coming out of the speakers, making it a cheerful experience all over. On top of that, you’ll find a fantastic craft beer selection.
Hours: 11:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 21:00, closed Sundays Address: 1F, 3-12 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042 Distance from Shibuya Station: 750m (~ 9 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Rin (凛 渋谷店)
Come to Rin only when you’re really hungry or plan to share a meal, because the portions are very large. But when you do bring that kind of appetite, it will be an utterly satisfying bowl of ramen. The house specialty is the soup seasoned with ponzu sauce (citrus-based Japanese condiment).
Hours: 11:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 22:00 Address: 6-20 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042 Distance from Shibuya Station: 850m (~ 10 minutes) Website: Tabelog Page
Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto
Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto is for people who like a spicy broth. You get to choose the spiciness level on a scale of 1 to 10, the most popular being 5. But be warned, the chefs here really don’t hold back if you pick a higher number!
This delicious ramen spot is located in the basement of the Toho cinemas.
Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 Address: 2 Chome-6-17 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043 Distance from Shibuya Station: 350m (~ 4 minutes) Website: Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto
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